RARE CONEY ISLAND BROOKLYN NY TERRACOTTA WASHINGTON BATHS OR CHILDS RESTAURANT For Sale
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RARE CONEY ISLAND BROOKLYN NY TERRACOTTA WASHINGTON BATHS OR CHILDS RESTAURANT:
For your consideration is probably the rarest piece that you will find regarding original period Coney Island memorabilia. I had this in my collections for years and not often you come across one that the wrecking ball didn't destroy. This piece is an amazing building ornamentthat was salvaged from Washington Baths or Child's Restaurant near SteeplechasePark located on the boardwalk in Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY). I believe this is called a Polychrome Terra Cotta of Sea Horses that is in one piece. As you can see in the pictures that I provided, it has itsflaws but all intact.
The Washington Baths was opened in 1920 and closed in 1968 and Child's restaurantopened 1923 and still going. A lot of these Terra Cotta designs made for these buildingswerenautical fantasia which combined Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with maritime motifs and technicolor terra-cotta to achieve some serious sea-side splendor. The terra-cotta, originally manufactured by the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company, featured fish, seashells, ships, Sea horses, and even a likeness of Neptune, god of the sea.
This piece was salvaged by one of the demo workers in the 1970s. It came off from its interior of the buildings were it was displayed around the pool in WashingtonBaths or within Child's Restaurant when it was gutted and closed until 2017 when it reopenedto the public again.
This piece was purchased thru a private sale and now needs to find a better home or museum. It is 100%original. If you are a historian of Coney Island or a serious collector, this is for you.If you have any questions, please let me know.Please note: This piece weighs over 100 lbs and thus Pickup Only.